Veterinary Science 1A/IB
This class will explore careers in animal care such as pet grooming and veterinary medicine. Students will learn to identify over 70 dog breeds and 15 cat breeds, and begin to learn the language of the animal care industry. In addition, medical terminology and introductory anatomy concepts will be introduced. The course ends with an analysis & evaluation of some of the major animal welfare/rights groups in the news today, and how they can affect the animal care industry and private pet ownership. Students are eligible to earn 50 hours toward Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) certification. Field trips are required and may occur on Saturdays.
Veterinary Science 2A/2B
This course begins focused training for work in the fields of veterinary medicine and/or pet grooming and includes both classroom and lab components. Students will be enrolled in the ACT online curriculum to begin earning certification. Most online assignments must be completed at home prior to class. The classroom component will include an in-depth focus on veterinary medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of animals and the major diseases of companion animals. The lab component includes handling of animals including proper lifting, gentle restraint, and performing minor procedures such as trimming nails and cleaning ears. The lab component also includes a required field trip to an American Kennel Club (AKC) event, and participation in caring for orphan kittens in the spring. Students are eligible to earn 100 hours towards Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) certification. Field trips are required and may occur on Saturdays.
Veterinary Science 3A/3B
This course includes learning and practicing job specific skills and curriculum to prepare students to be Certified Veterinary Assistants. CVA candidates will complete all ACT (Animal Care Technologies) online curriculum assignments prior to class time. Candidates will be placed in a veterinary hospital for practical experience and to gain the work experience hours necessary to earn certification. Assistant (CVA) certification. Field trips are required and may occur on Saturdays.
Design, Visual, and Media Arts
- Photography 1: This course is designed for students with little or no photography background. First semester instruction will cover all aspects of black and white photography, digital enhancement, including an introduction to the use and proper handling of a DSLF (digital single-lens reflex) camera and light reading as a creative tool. Creative and technical instruction will be presented through lectures, study of the great masters of photography and the history of photography, in-class critiques, as well as thorough individual discussions with the teacher.
- Photography 2: This course will cover various aspects of photography such as: digital enhancement using the latest version of Adobe Lightroom, High Dynamic Range (HDR), architecture, urban landscapes, and animal photography. This advanced class also travels to the Sacramento Zoo and various locations in San Francisco. The Photo 2 students also take part in portrait sessions throughout the school year. Prerequisite: Photography 1
- Photography 3: This course will provide instruction in Commercial Photography by addressing both specific techniques for the creation of images as well as the business aspect of professional work in the field of photography. Coursework will include commercial portraiture, product photography, stock photography, editorial photography for publication, artistic commercial photography, and food photography. Students will also learn interpersonal and professional communication skills and create a professional photography portfolio. Prerequisite: Photo 1
- Nursing 1 includes an overview of the industry, coursework and hands-on skills training in caring for patients in an assisted living setting and in the home. Field trips, if offered, are an integral part of the course and full participation is required.
- Nursing 2 continues into more depth, with a greater emphasis on skills. Students will learn hands-on care of patients and will become proficient in the use of senior care equipment commonly found in facilities and in-home. In addition, CCCS offers focused training in Dementia awareness by Laura Wayman, a nationally recognized expert. Completion of this training will result in a Certificate of Completion. Field trips, if offered, are an integral part of the course and full participation is required.